Calling all green thumbs: are you ready to get your garden growing? Join usas we”Ring in the Spring” at ourannual GardenFest Celebration!

GardenFest Image 1This year’s GardenFest is happening in association with Take it Outside California, a new movement aimed at inspiring Californians across the state to get outdoors and connect with the natural world on April 30and May 1. Eastern Sierra Land Trust’s GardenFest will take place from 11 am 2 pm on Saturday, April 30in ouroffice backyard at 250 N. Fowler St. in Bishop.

Take It Outside CA LogoThis free, family-friendly event will be buzzing with activity. Eager to get planting? Native plants from California Native Plant Society and vegetable plant starts from Chalfant Big Trees Farm and Feed will be available for sale. Attendees will also have the opportunity to learn gardening tips and tricks from Master Gardeners, sign up for a CSA share through Abundant Harvest Organics, and much more.

Looking for a place to have lunch that Saturday? Treat your family to glasses of coconut limeade and a brick-oven pizza made on-site, provided by Owens Valley Grower’s Co-Op. Adults should look forward to sampling the local beers offered by Mountain Rambler Brewery.

And at noon, we’ll be holding a special ribbon-cutting ceremony to dedicate our new Mary DeDecker Native Plant and Pollinator Garden.Thanks to ESLT supporters and volunteers, this beautiful garden is now blooming in our front yard.

GardenFest Image 3GardenFest will also offer opportunities to learn about ESLT’s Eastside Pollinator Garden Project, and how to transform your backyard or garden into a pollinator sanctuary. Now in its third year, this project is bringing native birds, bees, and butterflies to gardens throughout the Eastern Sierra. These pollinators play a vital role in maintaining the beauty and productivity of the region: without them, there would be no new growth. At GardenFest, learn more about this issue and find out what you can do to help keep the Eastern Sierra abloom.

For more information about GardenFest, please contact Catherine Tao, ESLT’s Education Coordinator and AmeriCorps Member, at or call (760) 873-4554. Hope to see you there!